western red cedar grain


I use western red cedar to make fishing lures. After cutting them out to shape I normally dip them in a sanding sealer. The sanding sealer though causes the wood grain to really rise. I need to seal the baits tho in some way before going to a primer. Does anyone have a suggestioin for me?
Thank you!!
II
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Dampen the cedar with water (before the sanding sealer).....this will raise the grain.....then sand the plug....let it dry thoroughly....then apply your sealer....
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I just ran a damp cloth over them Bob and boy did it ever raise the grain!
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Seal them with epoxy. paint them. Clear coat them with epoxy. also, bass wood makes excellent lures.
enjoy, Myx

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Myxylplyk wrote: > Seal them with epoxy. paint them. Clear coat them with epoxy. > also, bass wood makes excellent lures.
I'm with you until the clear coat with epoxy.
Since epoxy has no UV inhibitors, makes a lousy final coat for outdoor items.
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

A fishing lure? Is he going to lay it out on the lawn for days on end and tempt the fish to come ashore?
I think that he can safely ignore UV problems.
Mike
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Thanks for the help guys. I use an epoxy-type product designed for clear coating bar tops as a final coat. What I was hoping to find is a product that would seal the wood before I primer it. Perhaps there is a primer that would both seal and prime it? I want to have an additional layer of protection below the clear coat and of course must have the white primer as a base to paint the lure pattern on.
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Thin the epoxy, acetone or xylene...*keep quantities small*. Font mix up a half a cup to do a few dozen blanks, unless you can do them all quickly. My rule of thumb is to use long cure epoxy but thin it and treat it like 5-min epoxy. (Heat and those solvent in large quantities can get interesting. small quantities are no issue) This adds the surface strength to allow eyescews to hold well and minimize hook/tooth damage. (a second unthinned coat with a little filler is nice to enclose belly openings and surface imperfections) If i get a chance, i'll post some pics some time.
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What "epoxy" do you use? Are you talking about something like Devcon 2 ton? And then you thin it with acetone....is that right? When you say to use a "long cure but thin it and treat it like a 5-min epoxy" what do you mean? Does the thinning spead up the reaction/drying time?
After the epoxy is on then what do you use as a basecoat primer?
Thank you!!!
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